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Alex Orr Receives 30 Under 30 Award from Jackson Magazine!

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December 2nd, 2014 - EverLast Lighting's VP of Sales, Alexander Orr, recently received one of Jackson Magazine's 30 Under 30 awards this year.  "I always have a dozen projects going at the same time - I like to be productive," Orr explained to Linda Hass, Jackson Magazine Editor.  As Vice President, Orr oversees and manages the internal sales department, regional managers and dozeons of manufacturer's representatives globally.  He also tracks sales trends, dstributes the latest product updates and training information, and develops guidelines and programs to ensure staff and safety.

As if that weren't enough, Orr, 27, also helped faciitate the EverLast Representative Symposium, in which 60 representatives and distributors from all over the U.S. gathered at the Jackson headquarters last year.  "I helped present training sessions that familiarized participants with our best practices, new technologies and other strategies we implement.  It is especially rewarding being recognized by my elder peers as a young leader in the lighting industry," said Orr, who is on track to receive a master's in business administration from Spring Arbor University in spring of 2016.

"Alexander is a very dynamic and energetic person who is very good at multi-tasking and moving projects forward," commented Joelle Bragg, VP of Administration.  "His promotion from East Coast Regional Sales Manager to Vice President earlier this year was well deserved!"

Orr's spirit of involvement also extends to his community, where he volunteers for the Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity, to name a few causes.

 

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JACKSON, MICHIGAN – May 6th, 2014 – The Michigan Small Business Person of the Year award goes to the person that has demonstrated staying power and showed a substantial history as an established business. The individual has shown a growth in number of employees and the impact of his business on the job market and increased company sales over the last 3 years.

This person has also demonstrated innovativeness of the products and services offered and illustrates creativity and imagination as well involvement in community projects and personal time and resources spent.

FSS was founded in 1997 and since placed a great emphasis on supporting other local and statewide businesses. As the leading manufacturer of therapeutic residential home and office products, as well as energy efficient commercial lighting, this business is making an immense impact on the state both by the products they produce and by the additional local companies they partner with.

The buy local policy of Full Spectrum Solutions, Inc. purchases products in the order of local, state, and then domestic procurements.

Michael Nevins is committed to retaining and creating jobs here in the state of Michigan. Nevins has received numerous honors including the 2010 Small Business Person of the Year from the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Ernst and Young 2011 Semifinalist Entrepreneur of the Year, the Jackson Manufacturer of the Year in 2012, and the Michigan Manufacturer of the Year in 2012, and he was most recently named by the Detroit Free Press as a 2013 Green Leader.

The SBA Michigan District Office has selected Nevins as the 2014 Small Business person of the year for his leadership in the manufacturing and energy efficient industries and for his contributions to the local, state, and national economy.




 

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Steel Manufacturing Giant Replaces Various LED Lines with Induction Lighting

 

JACKSON, MICHIGAN – April 25th, 2014 – Earlier this year, the Gerdau facility located in Knoxville, Tennessee began searching for a lighting solution that could replace their current metal halide fixtures and withstand the heat of its facilities, while maintaining enough lumens to create visibility in its dimly lit locations. Gerdau is a leading producer of long steel in the Americas and one of the largest suppliers of special steel in the world. With over 45,000 employees, it has industrial operations in 14 countries - in the Americas, Europe and Asia - which together represent an installed capacity of over 25 million metric tons of steel per year. Gerdau’s Knoxville steel mill in the Lonsdale community has operated for 110 years under various names and owners, and Gerdau took over the mill’s operations in 1999 and employs nearly 240 local residents there.

The steel re-bar giant reached out to EverLast® Lighting to find a solution that would meet their lighting specifications where LED had failed. “Gerdau had tried to replace the metal halide fixtures with different LED lines in all three of their plant locations in Knoxville, and were not pleased with the performance of the LEDs,” explained Bruce Sizemore, Representative of Sizemore Performance located in Walland, Tennesse. “Based on their findings, we knew that we had to find a fixture that would be able to perform in their facility, with little maintenance.”

Specifically, the LED fixtures were not able to withstand the heat or the environment of the Gerdau facilities. “The ceilings in the plant are about 140-160 degrees and the lens on the LED fixtures began to melt off,” explained Steve Trefethen, Green Technician at Gerdau Steel. “We also have a lot of steel dust that floats in our air and eventually the dust begins to compile onto each fixture. The result of the weight of the compiled dust ultimately unhinged each fixture from the area it was installed sending it crashing to floor.”

As a result of the LEDs failing to meet specifications, Gerdau moved forward with replacing several hundred metal halide fixtures with EverLast® induction high bay fixtures and were exceptionally pleased. “In addition to a plethora of product, and application issues the LED was extremely expensive, and the light output was not as optimal as the EverLast® Induction fixtures. Furhtermore, Gerdau needed a fixture that was compatible with DC power, and we were able to convert from AC to DC with the EverLast® line pretty easily,” commented Sizemore. “The staff at the facilities were shocked at the aesthetics of new lighting.”

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Michael Nevins, CEO of EverLast®/Full Spectrum Solutions, Inc. Selected as Winner for Michigan!

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March 25th, 2014 – Michael Nevins, CEO of Full Spectrum Solutions, Inc. and EverLast Lighting, Inc. in Jackson, has been named the Michigan Small Business Person of the Year, to represent the State of Michigan nationally.  

The SBA Michigan District Office has selected Nevins for his leadership in the manufacturing and energy efficiency industry and for his contributions to the local, state, and national economy. Nevins will receive his award at the 10th Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event on May 6th at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing. 

Each year since 1963, the president has issued a proclamation calling for the celebration of National Small Business Week. SBA recognizes outstanding small business owners for their personal successes and contributions to our nation.

Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam will gather in Washington during National Small Business Week where one of them will be selected as the 2014 National Small Business Person of the Year. While in Washington, the winners will have opportunities to meet with top SBA officials and national business leaders.



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UltraLux LED Releases Explosion Proof Canopy LED Fixture for Hazardous Location Markets!

ULLED-EPCMarch 12th, 2014 –UltraLux LED, an EverLast® Lighting, Inc. brand, the leading manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting solutions for roadway, parking structure, facility and area lighting applications launched its highly anticipated LED line earlier this month. “One of the first explosion proof LED fixtures to come to market, the UltraLux LED canopy fixture boasts a Class I & II, Div. II rating and is ideal for most hazardous locations,” commented Alex Orr, VP of Sales at EverLast® Lighting, Inc.

The explosion proof canopy fixture can be used in applications such as cold storage, food and beverage facilities, petroleum and chemical based facilities, car washes, parking structures, and alternative hazardous locations.

“The largest advantage that the ULLED has is that it has the ability to be installed in a wide variety of applications ranging from stairwells and parking garages to hazardous locations; including petrochemical, granaries, and pulp and paper mills,” explained Orr.

The LED explosion proof fixture comes in 42 and 60 watt versions, and qualifies as a Class I, Division 2 with Groups A through D fixture. It also listed as Class II, Division 2 with Groups F, and G. ETL listed to UL standards UL 844, CSA C22.2 No. 137-M1981, and UL 1598 & CSA C22.2 No. 250.0-08. The housing features a closed cell silicone gasket with built in heat sink fins that helps keep the fixture running at optimum temperatures providing an ingress protection rating of sixty-six.

“The hazardous fixture has a polycarbonate lens that is used to reduce glare of the fixture, and also can withstand force. The lens is ribbed for added ruggedness, and also prismatic for optimal distribution and diffusion,” explained Ralph Hubbs, Senior Design Engineer at EverLast® Lighting, Inc. “It features a cast aluminum housing equipped with a knockout option on each end and top center of housing for easy wiring options.”

UltraLux LED light fixtures are 60% more energy efficient than metal halides and last up to 50,000 hours, making them virtually maintenance free for years. The explosion proof canopy fixtures provide a clean, white light due to the high CCT of the 5000 kelvin LEDs. The fixtures also feature instant on/off operation that is critical in most hazardous locations.

The 2’ linear platform fixture is also available in a standard option boasting either an acrylic, polycarbonate, or glass lens and varies in wattage up to 100.




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